The Amy Johnson Inspiration Award, launched in 2016, honours an individual who has made a truly remarkable achievement in furthering the diversity agenda within engineering and applied sciences. This award serves to recognise the efforts of an individual in inspiring more women to enter and/or remain in the engineering and technical professions. We welcome male nominees and those with no engineering qualifications.
The 2017 winner is Dr Alice White, Wikimedian in Residence, Wellcome Trust.
Sarah Peers, Vice President of WES and chair of the judging panel said “Our 2017 Amy Johnson Award winner, Alice White impressed us with the impact of her work as Wellcome Wikimedian in residence. Her wikithons have taught hundreds of people how to get the stories of women in science and engineering online and making significant changes to Wikipedia content.”
Who are the judges?
WES would like to thank the judges of the 2017 Amy Johnson Award:
- Sarah Peers (Chair of judges)
- Jo Douglas
- Pam Wilson
- Katherine Critchley
- Alan Foster
- Emily Spearman
- Sophie Hutchins
Amy Johnson (1903-1941), was a famous English aviator and former WES President, and the first woman pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia. Read more about Amy Johnson
In 2016 Jane Priston became the first, very deserving, winner of the award for her work on The Amy Johnson Project. WES was impressed with Jane's drive and determination to make Amy Johnson's story known. She worked tirelessly to get an Amy Johnson Bronze erected in Herne Bay, which has proved a striking landmark and will ensure that Amy Johnson, her life and her achievements, will be known to future generations.